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Carl Streed, Jr, SB'07

LGBT Advocate in Medicine, Volunteer, Former Director for the Network

Congratulations to Carl Gustaf Streed Jr., SB'07, for earning the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation Excellence in Medicine Leadership Award!  Dr. Streed has advocated for the inclusion of LGBT health issues in the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health curricula, has increased the visibility and value of the LGBT community at Hopkins through community advocacy, and successfully achieved transgender equity in its health insurance coverage. 

Nationally, Dr. Streed has served as the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) LGBT Policy Coordinator & Liaison, advised the American Medical Association Board of Trustees as a member of the Advisory Committee on GLBT Issues, and served on a board of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. 

Streed’s efforts have previously earned him the Johns Hopkins Diversity Leadership Award, the AMSA James Slayton National Award for Leadership Excellence, the Erickson-Zoellers Point Foundation Scholarship, as well as recognition by the White House Office of Public Engagement as part of the Next Generation of LGBT Leaders and the Washington DC Next Generation Leadership Foundation.

Streed was also a founding Director for the UChicago LGBT Alumni Network.  As a UChicago undergrad, he served on the Committee for Enhancing Support for the LGBTQ Community, helped to start QueeReligious, guided several friends in coming out to their friends and family, and even performed in University Theater productions.  He grew up in Zion, Illinois, an ex-urb north of Chicago, at a time when being LGBTQ was not socially acceptable.

Although originally interested in a biochemistry research career (as a precocious child, he feared that being a doctor would involve too great a risk of malpractice), he began to move from strict benchwork science and towards other disciplines when he started studying the social sciences at the College; he focused on language and cultural courses during a semester abroad in Spain; he did an internship in community-based participatory action research at the Field Museum; and he volunteered in youth shelters. All of this led him to gain an appreciation for the wedding of the sciences and humanities. 

The most salient experience that pointed him towards a career in medicine was when he chose to become an HIV/STI test counselor for a youth shelter in Chicago. It was his first experience of having a direct impact on a stranger’s life, being a comfort during sad news and providing reassurance when the news was good.  It was a very rewarding time.  Once he arrived at medical school, he found the work both rewarding and challenging, but faced a degree of homophobia and a curriculum woefully deficient in addressing LGBT health.  So he set about to change things for the better.

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